Egg-in-the-Hole Reinvented

Out of all the recipes that I’ve created so far, or out of all the culinary ideas that I’ve ever had, should I say, this is probably my favorite. Or at least, it’s a very serious contender for that well coveted position: not only is this breakfast absolutely, decadently super delicious, but it’s also, you have to admit, très joli to look at! Classic Egg-in-the-Hole can go right back to bed, ‘cuz once you’ve had a taste of these babies, you’re simply not gonna ever look back. This is SO much more fun, so much tastier, and so much prettier, too.

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

They’re the perfect balance between sweet and salty, and the soft consistency of the squash and egg is well completed by the little hint of crunchiness brought forth by the date and walnut crumble topping.

The addition of a tiny drizzle of maple syrup really tipped this one right over the edge.

This, I say, is a close as can be to a “traditional” breakfast!

Acorn Squash

Want to make your own? Alright, let’s get busy! First, you obviously need to get your hands on 2 beautiful, ripe acorn squash.

You might have to give them a quick wash to rid them of some dirt… Not that a little dirt ever killed anyone! 😉

Sliced Acorn Squash | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

For this project, we will only be using the nice middle slices; those that have a complete hole in their center once the seeds have been removed.

With slices about 3/4″ thick, I was able to get 3 per squash. You could probably stretch that number and get it up to 4 if you really wanted to. Just make your slices slightly thinner, but don’t go make them too thin, though. Keep in mind that you have to fit an entire egg in that hole and you wouldn’t want it to go over.

Now of course, don’t you go chuck the unused pieces of squash. Peel them and dice them then steam them or roast them, or better yet, use them in another dish. Just gimme a couple of days and I will have just the perfect recipe for you!

How does Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Squash, Dates and Pecans sound? Yeah, I thought you might like that! Couple more days and the recipe will be up. Promise!

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

But for now, let’s get back to our breakfast Egg-in-the-Hole, shall we?

So… remove the seeds from your squash and lay the slices on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper and throw that in the oven for about 20 minutes, just to soften up the squash some.

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

After that initial 20 minute trip to the oven, drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the squash then crack an egg right into each hole.

Sprinkle the eggs with their own personal dose of salt and pepper…

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Then top each “Egg-in-the-Hole” with a mixture of finely chopped dates and walnuts.

I know, it may sound weird, but trust me. IT WORKS! It more than works. It totally DELIVERS!

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Back in the oven for 10 more minutes this goes, until your eggs turn nicely opaque and the yolks are set.

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Serve these as soon as they come out of the oven, garnished with a little bit of freshly chopped parsley.

Hey, if you don’t want the parsley on there, feel free to leave it out. I like it. I’m a big fan of green. I find it makes anything look so much better.

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

For a little extra indulgence, and to bring this breakfast experience up to level “Cloud 9”, add a little drizzle of Pure Maple Syrup over the whole deal.

Again, trust. It’s insane. You really have to taste this for yourselves.

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Oh, and in case you are concerned about the peel having been left on the squash, know that, once cooked, the peel of Acorn Squash is totally edible.

While it does retain a certain kind of firmness to it, it’s still soft enough that it can be completely chewed down and won’t tarnish your feeding experience in the least. I swear!

Paleo Egg In The Hole | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Oh, and did I mention just how convenient this breakfast is too? While it looks and taste much better fresh, it does reheat suprisingly well. I tried both the microwave and covered skillet over medium heat methods and both produced more than satisfactory results.

If you are going to serve this to guests, I strongly recommend sticking to fresh out of the oven, but if you want to make this on the week-end for you to have a breakfast that’s ready to go in no time during the week, then this remains a serious option.

One that will brighten up your mornings, guaranteed! 

Paleo Egg-in-the-Hole

Yield: Yields 6 Egg-in-the-Holes

NF based on 1 of 6 servings

Paleo Egg-in-the-Hole


  • 2 acorn squash
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-6 pitted dates
  • 8 walnut halves
  • Fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Slice squashes crosswise in order to get at least 3 slices with complete holes per squash*. Your good slices should be about 3/4" inch thick.
  3. Remove the seeds and place the slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. While the squash is in the oven, place walnuts and dates on a cutting board and chop them simultaneously until their texture resembles that of coarse sand.
  5. Take the squash out of the oven and drizzle each slice with a little bit of olive oil.
  6. Crack an egg directly in the center of each slice, sprinkle eggs with a little bit of salt and pepper and sprinkle date/walnut crumble over the entire surface of the squash slices and eggs
  7. Return to the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the eggs are done to your liking
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.
  9. Drizzle with maple syrup if desired.


*By all means, don't throw out the unused pieces of squash. Save them for another dish.


  1. says

    Ohmygosh! My dad always made eggs in a hole for “special” Saturday breakfasts!
    And, I have a total squash and egg addictions, so this needs to happen to my life.
    I thought my life was complete…until this.
    Pinned x 12!

  2. says

    This is such a clever idea! Love the addition of maple syrup too, it’s like Thanksgiving for breakfast! I’m going to try it this way the next time I make egg-in-a-hole — or as I like to call it, egg-in-a-basket :)

    • says

      A lot of people call it that, indeed! I think I’ve never seen a single dish bear so many different names.

      And Thanksgiving for breakfast is so right. This make breakfast feel very special indeed. Hope you like it if you end up making it! :)

  3. says

    I was totally going to ask about being able to eat the peel! I love butternut, spaghetti, and kabocha squash but have never really tried much with acorn squash. Seeing I love eggs this might be a way to try them first!

  4. Meredith says

    Just made this for brunch… holy yum. I substituted with butternut squash and pecans because I had them in the house, but this was still so so good.

  5. says

    Very unique and looks so good (and healthful!). I cook for my mom these days and need ideas – she’s a very picky eater but I think you nailed something she’ll actually try. Thanks!

  6. says

    This is genius, what a great vessel for an egg and so beautiful! I’d love for you to look at my blog:

    It’s all about healthy recipes! I might have to give this one a shot :)

  7. Dlyn says

    Tried this, this morning. It was great my first time to ever have acorn squash! I put just a dash of honey instead of maple syrup and I sliced the peel off one it was choked came away really easy. Can’t wait to fry an egg in the morning and use my other couple of slices of acorn squash left!

    • says

      Glad you liked Dlyn and thanks a bunch for taking the time to leave this great feedback. Now you got me wanting to try them again with honey this time. I might have to run to the store and buy a couple of acorn squash! 😉

  8. CBarone says

    Hi – I just made this dish and, as stated, it delivers! I totally trusted and made according to directions,Maple Syrup and all, and they are delicious. So glad I hve two more for dinner! Thank you!

  9. Trisha says

    They look scrumptious. Have you tried freezing them? I’m looking for Paleo stuff I can make ahead of time, freeze, and then heat up for quick meals for a busy family. :)

  10. says

    This was SUCH a great recipe! I’m new to a clean eating plan and I have to be honest I’m already going out of my mind from eating chicken breast and ground turkey. Eesh. I was craving eggs for dinner and we had a few squash in the fridge. I found this recipe on Pinterest and bam! I’m hooked! This will be one of my new staples :). I didn’t have dates on hand so I mixed things up a bit, added the walnuts and also sprinkled on red pepper flakes. On the side I sliced 1/4 an avocado to go with. Yum!

    Thanks again!!!
    xo Rachel

    • says

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such great feedback, Rachel, you are a true gem! Real happy to hear that you liked the recipe that much! There’s plenty more where that one came from, too, that don’t necessarily call for chicken breast or ground turkey! 😉

  11. Nicole says

    AMAZING! This was my first time trying acorn squash, and I’m in love! This was so simple but soo good. Instead of the dates and walnuts, I used chopped apples mixed with cinnamon and honey.. YUM! Thank you so much!!

  12. Amy says

    I’ve had this in my bookmarks for awhile, finally gave it a try. So good, i might get better about eating breakfast! XD I didn’t have the time/ patience to get the crumble too fine, but it still worked as a paste. I also sprinkled a bit of cinnamon & nutmeg & used some local honey… Heavenly

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